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Cape Town

Cape Town is a vibrant city located in South Africa on the Cape of Good Hope. It is the second most populous city in South Africa and is known for its stunning mountain and coastal scenery. The city is surrounded by the iconic Table Mountain National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city is also home to Robben Island, which is a former prison that was used to incarcerate political prisoners during the apartheid era.

The city of Cape Town is situated on the shore of Table Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean, and is home to a major port. The city is a popular tourist destination with its many historical sites, museums, and art galleries. It is also known for its vibrant nightlife and its world-class restaurants.

The history of Cape Town dates back to 1652 when it was founded by the Dutch East India Company as a refreshment station for ships travelling to the East. The city soon became an important trading post and was the capital of the Dutch Cape Colony until 1806 when it was ceded to the British. The city was then declared the capital of the Cape Colony in 1814.

Cape Town was the site of several key events in South African history. In 1910, it became the capital of the Union of South Africa and in 1961, the city was the venue for the signing of the Proclamation of the Republic of South Africa. During the apartheid era, Cape Town was the site of numerous protests and demonstrations for the rights of black South Africans.

Today, Cape Town is a thriving multicultural city and is a popular tourist destination. It is known for its stunning scenery and its vibrant culture. It is also home to many important historical sites, museums, and art galleries.

Excursion tips for a day in Cape Town

1. Take a Cable Car Ride up Table Mountain: Enjoy the breathtaking views of Cape Town and its surroundings from the top of Table Mountain.

2. Explore the V&A Waterfront: Visit the many shops, restaurants, and attractions at the V&A Waterfront.

3. Visit Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden: Explore the beautiful gardens and take in the stunning views of the mountain.

4. Take a Tour of Robben Island: Take a ferry to Robben Island and explore the prison where Nelson Mandela was held.

5. Enjoy a Wine Tasting Tour: Visit some of the local wineries and enjoy a wine tasting tour.

6. Go Shopping in the City Centre: Explore the many shops and markets in the city centre.

7. Take a Boat Trip to Seal Island: Take a boat trip to Seal Island and see the seals up close.

8. Visit the Castle of Good Hope: Explore the oldest building in South Africa and take in the views from the top.

9. Take a Tour of the Township: Visit the townships of Langa and Khayelitsha and experience the culture and history of South Africa.

10. Visit the District Six Museum: Learn about the history of District Six and its people.

Experience Cape Town with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Cape Town. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Cape Town

Spring (September to November): The weather in spring is mild and sunny, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (10-25°C). The days are usually sunny and dry, with occasional showers. Summer (December to February): The summer months are hot and dry, with temperatures reaching the mid-80s Fahrenheit (30°C). There are occasional thunderstorms, but these are usually short-lived. Autumn (March to May): The weather during autumn is mild, with temperatures ranging from the mid-50s to the mid-70s Fahrenheit (10-25°C). There is usually plenty of sunshine, but rain is more common than during the summer months. Winter (June to August): The winter months are cool and wet, with temperatures ranging from the mid-40s to the mid-60s Fahrenheit (5-20°C). Rain is common, and snow is rare but not unheard of.

Cruise weather for Cape Town

Our weather forecast for Cape Town helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 15.2 °C
min: 9.3 °C
15.1 m/s
35.3 m/s
85.4 %
24.1 m
80.6 %
1,017 hPa
07:48:19
17:57:05
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 11.3 °C
19.8 m/s
45.0 m/s
65.9 %
18.7 m
86.4 %
1,017 hPa
07:47:50
17:57:43
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 14.4 °C
min: 10.9 °C
26.3 m/s
40.7 m/s
56.9 %
17.8 m
85.7 %
1,019 hPa
07:47:20
17:58:22
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 13.5 °C
min: 10.1 °C
11.2 m/s
13.0 m/s
70.0 %
23.7 m
69.1 %
1,025 hPa
07:46:48
17:59:01
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 13.8 °C
min: 9.7 °C
17.3 m/s
23.0 m/s
46.4 %
24.1 m
61.4 %
1,026 hPa
07:46:15
17:59:40
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 18.3 °C
min: 8.3 °C
6.1 m/s
6.2 m/s
0.1 %
24.1 m
53.3 %
1,021 hPa
07:45:40
18:00:20
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 15.8 °C
min: 10.2 °C
11.2 m/s
16.2 m/s
49.6 %
24.1 m
66.2 %
1,022 hPa
07:45:03
18:01:00
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 14.2 °C
min: 11.4 °C
11.2 m/s
16.6 m/s
66.2 %
23.7 m
77.2 %
1,025 hPa
07:44:25
18:01:41
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 18.5 °C
min: 10.7 °C
5.4 m/s
6.8 m/s
7.5 %
24.1 m
72.0 %
1,024 hPa
07:43:46
18:02:21
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 17.4 °C
min: 11 °C
27.7 m/s
49.3 m/s
26.0 %
21.7 m
77.1 %
1,020 hPa
07:43:05
18:03:02
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 15.8 °C
min: 10 °C
8.3 m/s
14.8 m/s
7.9 %
24.1 m
73.0 %
1,027 hPa
07:42:23
18:03:43
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 15.3 °C
min: 10.6 °C
18.4 m/s
29.5 m/s
20.8 %
24.1 m
73.7 %
1,027 hPa
07:41:39
18:04:25
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 17.3 °C
min: 10.7 °C
14.0 m/s
24.7 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
75.5 %
1,023 hPa
07:40:54
18:05:07
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 20.8 °C
min: 11.9 °C
7.6 m/s
8.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
56.7 %
1,019 hPa
07:40:07
18:05:48
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 20.4 °C
min: 13.5 °C
12.2 m/s
15.5 m/s
25.8 %
24.1 m
53.8 %
1,018 hPa
07:39:19
18:06:30

Cruises to Cape Town

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Scheduled ship calls in Cape Town, South Africa
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Nov. 7th 2024 Thursday, 7th of Nov. 2024 AIDAstella 08:00 am 12:00 am DetailsPartnerlink
Nov. 8th 2024 Friday, 8th of Nov. 2024 AIDAstella 12:00 am 12:00 am DetailsPartnerlink
Nov. 9th 2024 Saturday, 9th of Nov. 2024 AIDAstella 12:00 am 11:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Nov. 17th 2024 Sunday, 17th of Nov. 2024 AIDAprima 08:00 am 12:00 am DetailsPartnerlink
Nov. 18th 2024 Monday, 18th of Nov. 2024 AIDAprima 12:00 am 11:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Nov. 26th 2024 Tuesday, 26th of Nov. 2024 Norwegian Dawn 08:00 am 04:00 pm
Nov. 30th 2024 Saturday, 30th of Nov. 2024 Seven Seas Voyager 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 1st 2024 Sunday, 1st of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Voyager 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 4th 2024 Wednesday, 4th of Dec. 2024 Costa Smeralda 10:00 am 08:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Dec. 5th 2024 Thursday, 5th of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Splendor 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 6th 2024 Friday, 6th of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Splendor 12:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 7th 2024 Saturday, 7th of Dec. 2024 Norwegian Sky 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 8th 2024 Sunday, 8th of Dec. 2024 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 10th 2024 Tuesday, 10th of Dec. 2024 MS Riviera 01:00 pm 12:00 am
Dec. 11th 2024 Wednesday, 11th of Dec. 2024 MS Riviera 12:00 am 04:00 pm
Dec. 19th 2024 Thursday, 19th of Dec. 2024 Azamara Quest 09:30 am 12:00 am
Dec. 20th 2024 Friday, 20th of Dec. 2024 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Dec. 21st 2024 Saturday, 21st of Dec. 2024 Seven Seas Splendor 06:30 am 05:00 pm
Dec. 27th 2024 Friday, 27th of Dec. 2024 Seabourn Sojourn 08:00 am 10:00 pm
Jan. 2nd 2025 Thursday, 2nd of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 08:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 3rd 2025 Friday, 3rd of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 4th 2025 Saturday, 4th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 06:00 pm
Jan. 5th 2025 Sunday, 5th of Jan. 2025 Seven Seas Splendor 06:30 am 09:00 pm
Jan. 15th 2025 Wednesday, 15th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 09:30 am 12:00 am
Jan. 16th 2025 Thursday, 16th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 16th 2025 Thursday, 16th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 17th 2025 Friday, 17th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 08:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 18th 2025 Saturday, 18th of Jan. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 12:00 am 04:00 pm
Jan. 23rd 2025 Thursday, 23rd of Jan. 2025 Silver Spirit 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Jan. 26th 2025 Sunday, 26th of Jan. 2025 AIDAsol 08:00 am 11:00 pm DetailsPartnerlink
Jan. 27th 2025 Monday, 27th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 09:30 am 12:00 am
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Jan. 28th 2025 Tuesday, 28th of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Sojourn 07:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 29th 2025 Wednesday, 29th of Jan. 2025 Seabourn Sojourn 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 7th 2025 Friday, 7th of Feb. 2025 Silver Spirit 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Feb. 8th 2025 Saturday, 8th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Quest 09:30 am 12:00 am
Feb. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 17th 2025 Monday, 17th of Feb. 2025 MS Insignia 08:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 18th 2025 Tuesday, 18th of Feb. 2025 MS Insignia 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Feb. 20th 2025 Thursday, 20th of Feb. 2025 Azamara Quest 09:30 am 12:00 am
Feb. 21st 2025 Friday, 21st of Feb. 2025 Azamara Quest 07:00 am 05:00 pm
Feb. 22nd 2025 Saturday, 22nd of Feb. 2025 Silver Spirit 07:00 am 07:00 pm
Mar. 5th 2025 Wednesday, 5th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 6th 2025 Thursday, 6th of Mar. 2025 HANSEATIC spirit 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Mar. 2025 Island Princess 08:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 9th 2025 Sunday, 9th of Mar. 2025 Silver Spirit 07:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Mar. 2025 Island Princess 12:00 am 06:00 pm
Mar. 10th 2025 Monday, 10th of Mar. 2025 Silver Spirit 12:00 am 11:59 pm
Mar. 11th 2025 Tuesday, 11th of Mar. 2025 Norwegian Dawn 07:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 11th 2025 Tuesday, 11th of Mar. 2025 Silver Dawn 07:00 am 07:00 pm

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